The Making and Meaning of Public Art

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Christo and Jeanne- Claude’s installation, called The Gates, one of their large scaled works, was placed at the Central Park, New York City. The work consists of over 7500 gates with saffron colored fabric panels hanging down, occupying the walkways of the park. The Gates started at the entrance to the park and its name was inspired by the openings spread throughout the stone- walls that separate the park from the city, which was also called gates by its architects. Walking through the sixteen feet tall gates, one can encounter array of varying width from six to eighteen feet. There is no discernible composition, no focal point and it does not convey any narration or illusionism. It was a successful public art event that transformed the park and the mind of its participants. While many of their installation projects takes months and years to get finalized, they all go through software and hardware phases and no project can exist without one or another. Christo Javacheff (Bulgarian) and Jeanne-Claude Marie Denat (French) were both born on June 13, 1935 and he wanted to become an artist ever since he was six. He studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Sofia and Fine Arts Academy in Vienna, and early influences on his artistic executions, involving extensive production technique and creating real materials in real spaces, are Russian artists Vladimir Tatlin, and El Lissitszy (Fineberg 13). Jeanne- Claude (1935- 2009) studied philosophy in University of Tunis and she says she became an artist because she married to one (The Gates). They permanently moved to NYC in 1964, some of their well-recognized works in USA are Valley Curtain in Colorado, Running Fence in California, Surrounded Islands in Florida, and The Umbrellas in California, th... ... middle of paper ... ...Masses At The Gates." Dissent (00123846) 52.3 (2005): 93-96. Education Research Complete. Web. 18 Oct. 2013. Norton, Anna Belle Wilder. “Site- Specific Art Gets a Bum Wrap: Illustrating The Limitations of The Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 Through a Study of Christo and Jeanne- Claude’s Unique Art.” Cumberland Law Review. 2009. 39- 749. Oliveira, Nicolas, Nicola Oxley, Michael Petry, and Michael Archer. Installation art. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994. Print. Panhorst, Michael W. Rev. of Critical Issues In Public Art: Content, Context, And Controversy. Harriet F. Senie and Sally Webster." Winterthur Portfolio 29.1 (1994): 99. Print. Sibbald, Barbara. "Through the Gates." Canadian Medical Association. Journal 172.8 (2005): 1048-50. ProQuest. Web. 23 Sep. 2013. The Gates. Dir. Antonio Ferrera and Albert Maysles. Lorber Films. 2005. Film.

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